Eligible schools

Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium including:

  • Maintained schools
  • Academies and free schools
  • Special schools
  • Non-maintained special schools
  • City technology colleges (CTCs)
  • Pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • General hospitals

The following types of school don’t receive this funding:

  • Nursery schools
  • Studio schools
  • University technical colleges (UTCs)
  • Independent schools (except for non-maintained special schools, which do receive the funding.

Schools receive the PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.

In cases where schools don’t follow year groups (for example, in some special schools), pupils aged 5 to 10 attract the funding.

In most cases, the January 2014 school census is used to determine how many pupils attract the funding.

All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive £500 per pupil.

This link gives the breakdown of funding for the academic year 2015 to 2016, including conditions of the grant.

Ofsted inspections

Ofsted assesses how primary schools spend their PE and sport premium. You can find details of what inspectors look for in the ‘Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015’. Read the section on ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’.

Online reporting

You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding on your school’s website.

A template and guidance document has been produced to help schools with this process and this can be found here.

Purpose of funding

How to use the PE and sport premium

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

For example, you can use your funding to:

  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
  • provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
  • support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
  • run sport competitions
  • increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • run sports activities with other schools

You should not use your funding to:

  • employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of your core staffing budgets
  • teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum - including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum).

Accountability

Under the new Inspection Framework, Ofsted inspectors will assess how effectively leaders use the Primary PE and Sport Premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils, and how effectively governors hold them to account for this.

Schools that receive the PE and Sport funding must publish details of how they spend this funding and the effect it has had on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment. This must include:

  • How much PE and sport premium funding you received for this academic year.
  • A full breakdown of how you’ve spent or will spend the funding this year.
  • The effect of the premium on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment.
  • How you will make sure these improvements are sustainable.

The Youth Sport Trust and the Association for Physical Education (afPE) have collaboratively produced new guidance and a template to support schools in evidencing the impact of the Premium.

This can be downloaded by clicking on the link on the right of this page.

Payment Dates

Maintained schools, including PRUs and general hospitals, do not receive funding directly from DfE. We give the funding to your local authority and they pass it on to you.

DfE give local authorities PE and sport premium funding for maintained schools in 2 separate payments. Local authorities receive:

  • 7/12 of your funding allocation on 29 October 2015
  • 5/12 of your funding allocation on 29 April 2016

If you are a new maintained school or if you are teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2015 to 2016, local authorities receive:

  • 7/12 of your funding allocation on 29 January 2016
  • 5/12 of your funding allocation on 29 April 2016

Academies, free schools and CTCs

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) sends academies, free schools and CTCs their PE and sport premium funding in 2 separate payments. You receive:

  • 7/12 of your funding allocation on 2 November 2015
  • 5/12 of your funding allocation on 3 May 2016

If you are a new academy, free school or CTC, or if you are teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2015 to 2016, you receive:

  • 7/12 of your total funding allocation on 1 February 2016
  • 5/12 of your total funding allocation on 3 May 2016

Non-maintained special schools

EFA sends non-maintained special schools their PE and sport premium funding in 2 separate payments. You receive:

  • 7/12 of your funding with the first payment you have scheduled with EFA after 2 November 2015
  • 5/12 of your funding with the first payment you have scheduled with EFA after 3 May 2016